Grammar lesson:  My title is one of those statements that has a misplaced modifier.  I mean, can gnocchi actually be lazy?  Theoretically not.  Un-theoretically, it can be whatever it wants, but we won't get into that.  I think you get the point.  The "lazy" in this case describes the cook who makes the gnocchi (a-hem, me).  With almost everything in my life, I'm not at all lazy, but I must say almost because I entirely admit that I do express laziness when it comes to cooking - so long as it doesn't subtract from taste.  *End of lesson.*  You can't tell me that that wasn't a legitimate grammar lesson. ;)

So last Friday, my laziness was in full force.  I had finally settled on gnocchi, but we had no white potatoes, so I decided to go for a sweet potato version.  I had a sweet potato just lounging on the countertop, but if I used him (come on, sweet potatoes aren't "its"), then that would require scrubbing him, baking him for at least half an hour, peeling him, and mashing him.  It may not sound like that much work, but remember, the lazy part of my brain was turned on.  Then, I remembered something.... (this is where the suspense comes in).  I had a can of pureed sweet potato in the pantry!  I think you can guess where the story goes from here.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Garlic Butter
The gnocchi dough comes out so soft that it's almost like play dough (who else misses playing with that stuff?)!  And that's where the fun comes in.  I made mine into cute little balls this time, but I'm already dreaming about what I could do next time... I'm thinking cookie cutters!
The parmesan is optional, as it's just sprinkled on top, but I don't recommend you leave it off unless absolutely necessary.
Serves 2-3 (depending on what it's accompanied with)

  • 1 cup brown rice flour (or other flour of choice)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (feel free to use canned! ;)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 very large clove of garlic (or several smaller ones), pressed
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • shredded or grated parmesan cheese (for topping)
  1. Set a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir in the sweet potato and egg white.  Continue mixing until thoroughly combined and a soft dough forms.
  3. Shape the dough into small balls or other fun (fun is key) shapes.
  4. Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water and boil for about three minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  6. Once melted, stir in the pressed garlic, and cook for another couple of minutes.  Be careful not to let the garlic burn..
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the dried thyme.
  8. Drizzle the garlic butter the gnocchi and mix it around a bit.  Serve with parmesan cheese.
You see, even laziness can yield good results.


01/31/2012 15:15

:O I've never had gnocchi before and I guess I've been missing out. I have a can of pumpkin puree sitting on my shelf. Now I know gnocchi should be made with potatoes but I wonder if sweet potatoes worked, why not pumpkin :P

02/02/2012 13:26

I've always wanted to make gnocchi!! This makes it sound so easy! I'm definitely gonna have to try this one because it's not intimidating and I like my food lazy! Oh, I mean I'm lazy :)

02/03/2012 03:03

I love gnocchi, but have never made it myself. Looks much easier than I thought! And you should totally try it out with cookie cutters. :)

02/04/2012 07:19

I love that grammar lesson! I really like the look of these too; I made some with white potatoes last year and they tasted a bit meh but I imagine sweet potatoes would be so much tastier... these look brilliant, especially with garlic butter :-)

02/04/2012 07:20

And I meant to say, is it just me that's really impressed by the way the gnocchi pop back up in the boiling water...?!!


Oh, I love this! We love gnocchi, even my little guy does. I love that these use sweet potato AND are gluten free. Of course, I also love that they're lazy. Sounds yummy!


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